Formula Racing

SINGAPORE QUALIFYING REVIEW

Hamilton rules the streets of Singapore.By Armaan Ebrahim

The Singapore Grand Prix is always a special one being the only night race on a street track which makes it spectacular not only for the drivers but to the viewers as well.The layout is mixed with tight and twisty complex corners that lead onto long straights as well as a couple of blindingly quick ones too.Being a street circuit the grip levels are going to be low and with no run off areas the drivers cannot afford to lose their concentration.This makes it exciting to watch because as we saw in qualifying there are going be incidents and mistakes being made by the drivers.

Qualifying 1 had no real drama with the usual suspects getting knocked out.Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi was caught out and didn't make the cut and in the post qualifying interview said there might have been a problem.It was a good run for HRT's Narain Karthekeyan who out qualified his teammate for the second time this season.

Qualifying 2 always provides some drama especially when the gap between the mid field cars are soo close.While Mclarens and Red Bulls were sharing the limelight up front things weren't as comfortable for the other big teams like Mercedes and Lotus.Both Lotus drivers looked like they were struggling.Romain Grosgean who was making his comeback after his ban had a wild Q2.The French driver spun and touched the wall in the beginning of the session and still managed to put in a solid lap that got him into Q3.On the other hand Kimi Raikkonen could only manage a disappointing 12th.Its going to be a long day in the office for the man who's currently 3rd in the championship standing!The others who failed to make the cut were Force India's Nico Hulkenberg who showed good pace but narrowly missed out in P11.Ferraris Filipe Massa isn't doing his season any good by ending up a dismal P13 with Saubers Sergio Perez and the Toro Rosso boys following and then a very ragged Bruno Senna who went into the wall on his first flying lap!

Q3 was more of a one man show with Lewis Hamilton continuing his strong form to qualify on pole by being half a second faster than Formula one's crazy man Pastor Maldonado who in my opinion did a fantastic job in taking the Williams to P2.This will make the start Very interesting(Lewis must be a little nervous)Sebastian Vettel put in last minute flyer to end up P3 with Jenson Button close behind.Championship leader,Fernando Alonso who could only manage P5 will have to try and finish on the podium so that his rivals don't close the gap by a lot on his championship lead!Paul Di Resta and Force India did a brilliant Job to qualify P6 and I'm sure they will be thrilled with the effore and looking to score some good points in the race.Bringing up the rear of the top ten are Mark Webber,Grosgean and the two Mercedes drivers who didn't do a lap in Q3 so that they could save a set of super soft tires for the race.

I think the two surprises were Pastor Maldonado and Paul Di Resta.Force India will surely be hoping both drivers finish in the top ten and score points in the race and with the kind of pace that they've shown all weekend that target seems very achievable. We certainly are in for a cracker of a race but if Lewis gets through the first couple of laps then I doubt anyone will be able to stop him.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes